Rick Turner :: Model 1 Basses & Guitars

Model 1 Solid Body

Guitar | Bass
Mahogany | Featherweight

Ever since Lindsey Buckingham took delivery of #79-003, the Model One guitar has been highly sought after for its combination of Old World aesthetics and modern, full-bodied tonal range. Played clean, it sounds incredibly acoustic and detailed. But when the volume kicks up, it screams louder and longer than any guitar you've played... without unwanted feedback or breakup.

See Making The Turner Guitar by Barry Price

SpecificationsModel 1 Guitar - Mahogany
ModelOriginal Model 1
TypeSolid body electric
Scale Length24.75"
Nut Width1-11/16"
String Span @ Bridge2"
Fingerboard Radius12"
Neck DesignSet-Neck
Pick-upRick Turner hot-wound magnetic hum-canceling w/Coil Split Optional piezo system and blending electronics
electronicson-board pre-amp, on-board quasi-parametric
standard woodAll Mahogany

Exploring the Model-1 Sound

By Rick Turner

First, switch the EQ out. Then adjust the tone control all the way up and then blend back and forth between the magnetic and piezo pickups. This is very different from the usual Les Paul or Strat pickup selection, and acts more like a zoom lens on a camera ranging from the more mid focused sound of the magnetic pickup to the more acoustic and wide range piezo pickup, which actually has more deep lows as well as more extended highs. When you are in the "just magnetic pickup" position on the blend knob, try pulling up on the tone knob to access the single coil sound. That is a sound more akin to the middle pickup on a Strat.

When you've learned your way around without the EQ, find a tone you like and then kick in the EQ with the Boost/Cut knob turned about 1/2 of the way up from the middle detent position. This would put the knob line at the 9:00 position relative to the detent being 6:00. Then sweep the middle frequency knob to hear how the boost affects tone at different registers. For the full out sound, crank the EQ boost all the way up and repeat the frequency sweep. If you are playing into a tube amp or distortion unit, you can use the EQ to voice overdrive harmonics. Lesser boost is great for finding nice tones into a clean amp as well. While most folks don't use the "Cut" feature of the EQ, that, too, has some very nice uses.